Small Collections Grant

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Increase the VALPL´s Herbarium database Plant collection through processing a specimen backlog considering unique Chilean locations.

Pamela Ramirez Verdugo


Database, Process backlog

Cost: $



University of Playa Ancha


-Increase the VALPL´s herbarium database collection of Universidad de Playa Ancha, through digitization, standarization and publication of non-registered specimens.
- Use the DarwinCore Standard and GBIF platform as a reference to integrate specimens collected in exceptional geographical locations of Chile into the VALPL´s Herbarium database collection.
-Add 2500 (at least) dried plant specimens into VAlPL´s database collection using the DarwinCore Standard.


Finance 3 months of a qualified technician work to increase the VALPL´s Herbarium database with high-quality standards considering the following criteria:
- Specimen geolocalization
- Collection date
- Add information according to DarwinCore Standard
- Adapt and upload the information according to de GBIF´s format
- Add at least 50 specimens per day

The goal of improve the plant database will be achieve meeting the following specific classification criteria:
- Taxonomical classification
- Collection Data (Collector name, Collector Number, Location, geographical coordinates, Observations of - collecting, date of Collection).
- Conservation state (IUCN category)
- Geographical origin (endemic, native, introduced, etc)
- Determination data


- Classify in “detemined” and “non-determined” specimens according to location
- Re-organize specimens according to date
- Add specimens into database using the DarwinCore Standard
- Add specimens into the herbarium database
- Add specimens to Herbarium database
- Publish the full database into de GBIF´s platform

Referee 1:

Rosa A. Scherson

Referee 2:

Leisy Amaya

Scoring Rubric

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Collection Improvement/Maintenance


1.  Contribution to the generation of digital herbarium data (digitization: data entry, setting up database structure, purchasing equipment).

2.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (processing of backlog).

3.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (shipping endangered collection to another herbarium).

4. Contribution towards improving conservation status of specimens in herbarium (better folders, protecting covers, mounting paper, labeling, etc.).

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IAPT community building


5.  Herbarium's potential for success.

6.  Perceived need, extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding.
7. Sharing specimens with other herbaria.

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Broader Impacts

8. The project will yield durable benefits (specimens, digitized metadata, databases, websites).

9. The proposed project involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination.

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